PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 6th


It’s Wednesday, and in New Jersey we’re looking at a Bridgegate plea deal, a governor in the mood to make deals and a senator hoping to become a bigger deal. Read on for all that, and the rest of the state political news.

Quote of the Day: “He’s pulling people in, making deals. This is the governor we saw in the first two years of his administration, and not the one we’ve seen over the last two years,” – Rider University’s Ben Dworkin, on Gov. Chris Christie’s recent re-engagement in state politics.

Bridgegate: Samson to Accept Guilty Plea
Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson will plead guilty to a single felony charge in connection with Bridgegate, according to a report in the New York Observer.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Christie’s Budget Wrangling, Some See a Second Wind
With the Republican convention just two short weeks away and his hopes of a VP nod from prseumptive nominee Donald Trump riding on his ability to prevent a tax hike on his watch, Governor Chris Christie has been cutting quick deals with and issuing brash ultimatums to state Democrats as budget negotiations come to a close.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Booker VP Audition Tape No. IIV: Trump Would Put ‘Planet in Peril’
In an interview with CNN over the weekend, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) tried to steer wrestle down the suggestion that he wouldn’t be sufficiently rugged to occupy a national ticket.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Matsikoudous Accelerating Groundwork for JC Mayoral Run
Bill Matsikoudis, the former corporation counsel for Jersey City during the Jerry Healy years, is poised to run for mayor of Jersey City in 2017.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Historical Precedent for VP Candidates from New Jersey: Nearly Nil
Occasionally, the name of a New Jersey politician will surface as running mate fodder prior to the national conventions.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Could the Name ‘Socrates Tuttle’ Go on a Lawn Sign?
In the world of philosophy, the name Socrates is somewhat like the name Elvis. It suggests velvet gloves, cape and sequins. In other words, don’t sport it unless you can lay claim to something special.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Hundreds Flock to Baraka Bash in Newark
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held his annual gala fundraiser at Mr. Adams Steakhouse on July 1st.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Suffolk Poll: 61%of Voters Say Prez Election ‘Alarms’ Them
Nearly 61 percent of voters nationwide described themselves as alarmed about the coming presidential election, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today national poll of likely voters. Twenty-three percent said they are excited about this year’s race, and 9 percent said the contest bores them.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Green Sees Millionaire’s Tax as Best Option for TTF Replenishment
As the legislature considers revisiting a funding mechanism for the depleted state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) veteran Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) said he has abandoned the option of a gas tax hike and now favors a straight up millionaire’s tax.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Murphy Calls for Changes to Student Loan Repayment Rules Following NYT Investigation
Following a report showing that New Jersey has some of the most onerous state-level student loans in the country, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy is calling for changes to the authority. Though Murphy has been the only candidate to announce his bid so far, he is expected to face a slew of other Democrats including Senate president Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in the primary for 2017’s gubernatorial race.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Clinton to Attack Trump on Casino Bankruptcies in Atlantic City Rally Wednesday
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will appear in Atlantic City Wednesday to gin up support ahead of this month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and foreground Donald Trump’s checkered business record in the casino town. Clinton is likely to attack the presumptive Republican nominee on his plans for the U.S. economy, as she did in Camden County in May.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie not popular in Drudge survey of Trump VP picks
€”Gov. Chris Christie may be on the short list for Donald Trump’s pick for vice president, but to readers of the Drudge Report would soon have the billionaire mogul pick someone else.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

State property revaluation probe coming to South River
State officials will hold a public hearing in South River later this month as part of their crackdown on municipalities they say are long overdue for property revaluations, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Cuomo mum on Bridgegate, says it’s too soon to comment
It’s been 2 1/2 years since since the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email surfaced and roiled Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, leading to indictments of two of his former allies.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Got an illness that marijuana could help? N.J. wants to know
People with debilitating illnesses who believe they could be helped by marijuana have a unique opportunity to ask the state Health Department to consider adding a condition to the list that would qualify them for medical cannabis program.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Equal funding not the only school issue gov faces in N.J.
wo Jersey Journal colleagues, Joan Quigley and Joseph Albright, commented in their columns last week on how Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” for school aid would reallocate $9.1 billion in state school aid — much of which now goes to schools in the state’s poorest and most urban areas.
Earl Morgan, For The Jersey Journal Read more

Hudson County lawmakers cosponsor disability, consumer protection bills
A bill sponsored by local lawmakers creating a state position to advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities has gained Assembly approval.
Nicholas Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal Read more

Paterson could lose state aid as a result of Christie executive order on 2017 budget
An executive order signed by Governor Christie last week has put in doubt state funding for transitional aid to struggling cities, a program that provided Paterson with $25 million for the 2016 fiscal year.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 6th